Allen Mandelbaum (born 1926 in Albany, New York) is an American professor of Italian literature, poet, and translator. He is currently W. R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University.
His translation of the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri appeared in the early 1980s. It was supported by the notable Dante scholar Irma Brandeis. He subsequently acted as general editor of the California Lectura Dantis, a collection of essays on the Comedy which makes use of his translation.
Mandelbaum received the National Book Award for his translation of Virgil's Aeneid, and is also the recipient of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Italy, the Premio Mondello, the Premio Leonardo, the Premio Biella, the Premio Lerici-Pea, the Premio Montale at the Montale Centenary in Rome, and the Circe-Sabaudia Award.
In the year 2000, Dr. Mandelbaum traveled to Florence, Italy for the 735th anniversary of Dante's birth, and was awarded the Gold Metal of Honor of the City of Florence, in honor of his translation of Dante's Dante's Divine Comedy. Three years later Dr. Mandelbaum was awarded The Presidential Prize for Translation from the President of Italy. In 2003 he received Italy's highest award, the Presidential Cross of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity.